Heartland Soccer Association
9161 W 133rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Heartland Soccer Association is recognized as one
of the largest soccer leagues and tournament hosts in the country. We offer recreational to premier divisions, ages U8 through U19.
Heartland Soccer League registration opens
June 1st through noon on July 1st!
No late registrations
will be accepted!
ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing
Open to all Heartland Soccer participants
for more information click here
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
|league teams this spring
|league teams last fall
|league players in 2015
|tournament teams this year
|tournament players this year
(number of teams)
|KC Champions Cup
|Mothers Day Classic
|Fall Kick Off Challenge
|Sporting KC Affiliate Friendlies
|Heartland Midwest Classic
|Midwest All Girls
|NCAA Men's College Showcase
In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed teams
from a total of 17 states and Canada.
Signup to be a referee!
Sign up to be a referee for
Fall 2016 Heartland league.
Health Tip from HCA
Stress fracture (also called a fatigue fracture) is a weakening or thin crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress on the bone. A stress fracture is an overuse injury. It is different from a fracture that occurs after a traumatic event, such as a fall. Stress fractures are more common in endurance athletes or athletes who perform repetitive, high-impact activities.
Risk factors for stress fractures
With sufficient levels of stress to a bone, anyone can develop a stress fracture. However, there are additional risk factors related to the individual and to the training pattern that can further increase the risk
of developing a stress fracture.
Individual risk factors
- Inadequate caloric intake; inadequate calcium intake.
- Low estrogen levels in females; menstrual dysfunction.
- Low body weight; rapid weight loss.
- Ethnicity. White athletes may be at greater risk.
- Biomechanical abnormalities. A high-arched foot is more rigid and transmits more stress to the bone; a flat foot causes greater demands and fatigue of protective muscles resulting in less shock absorption by the muscles.
- Prior stress fracture. This is a risk because it may include a combination of many of the other risk factors.
Training risk factors
Too much, too soon, too fast. An overly rapid increase in activity-particularly high-impact activity-does not allow adequate time for the bones to adapt to the increased levels of stress.
Hard surfaces. Running and jumping on roads; concrete; hard gym floors; or dry, compacted, hard fields can increase the risk of stress fracture-particularly if the athlete isn't used to training on such surfaces.
Inadequate footwear. The shock-absorbing capacity of shoes will diminish even before the shoe appears worn out. Some foot types require more support than is provided by the shoe they use for the sport, and some foot types require more cushion. This is particularly true with cleated shoes, which generally have limited arch support and cushion.
The main symptom of a stress fracture is pain in the bone that is slow to develop, gets worse with impact activity, and subsides with rest. With continued activity, the pain becomes much more sharp, localized, and persistent. Occasionally, a bump over the area can be felt. A limp may also be an indicator of a stress fracture.
Common locations for stress fractures include the tibia (shin bone), fibula (bone on the outer portion of the lower leg) and metatarsals (bones in the forefoot). Stress fractures less commonly occur in the femur (thigh bone), pelvis, spine, and upper extremity. Suspicion of a stress fracture warrants checking with your doctor. Bone pain from other causes, such as bone cysts, infection, and tumors, must also be ruled out.
To confirm the presence of a stress fracture, your doctor may need to order an x-ray. If the x-ray does not show a stress fracture, a bone scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be needed.
During the first phase of treatment, it is usually enough for athletes to limit impact activity. Some stress fractures may require casting, crutches, or surgery. Most athletes are able to continue to lift weights, swim, ride a bike, or use an elliptical trainer as long as there is no pain. Ice, acetaminophen, and rest are the main treatments for pain. In general, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, are not recommended because they may delay healing. Biomechanical, nutritional, and menstrual problems must be addressed during the treatment to help the athlete heal. This can help prevent future stress fractures from occurring.
Healing time depends on the athlete's age, how long the fracture has been present, which bone is involved, and the condition of the bone. The time frame for healing is usually weeks to months. It is crucial for athletes with stress fractures to be followed by a doctor to monitor healing and approve a level of activity that is safe for the level of healing that is present.
Complete healing may be documented by the resolution of bone tenderness and evidence of healing on x-ray. Once your doctor has determined that the bone has sufficiently healed, running and jumping activities may be gradually reintroduced. The final stage is to incrementally return to play with practice sessions, scrimmages and, finally, games or meets.
Ask your doctor how to avoid stress fractures during your pre-participation exam or annual physical. You may discuss nutrition, exercise guidelines, appropriate footwear, and supplements (like vitamin D and calcium). If there are any other risk factors, such as menstrual irregularities in female athletes, this can be further evaluated and treated-before a stress fracture develops. Being aware of the early warning signs of a stress fracture can also help reduce injuries.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Marilyn Monroe at Ebbets Field, May 12, 1957,
This Month in History......
May 21, 1904: FIFA was founded in Paris
May 2, 1975: David Beckham was born
May 2005: Beach soccer became part of the FIFA family
May 1, 2016: Leicester City won the Premier League
prior to the opening of a soccer match.
Heartland soccer league is sanctioned by Kansas Youth Soccer. There is a minimum coaching requirement. All recreational and premier coaches must complete the F license course. It is online and can be found at the following link.
National C License Course
KSYSA is hosting a USSF National C license in Ottawa KS and then testing in KC at Swope Soccer Village,
July 31 to August 7 and Nov 18-20 respectively.
Referee Development Clinic
held during KC Champions Cup
The Referee Development Program Mission is to create an environment and process where every referee can further develop their knowledge and skills to contribute to a safe, fair and enjoyable soccer experience for our teams. The Referee Development Program is designed to develop our referees by providing increased levels of training and multiple levels of on-field mentoring. Currently, Heartland Soccer uses over 1,500 referees to manage your league and tournament matches.
The Tournament Clinics give high-achieving referees an opportunity to work games under the observation of Heartland's trained Mentors. Those referees receive in-depth feedback about their performance on the field; this is referee coaching. There is also a classroom component, where the participants watch video of themselves on the field and learn more about practical topics.
A note from KSYSA
to Kansas Soccer Clubs
KSYSA would like to inform all of you of an updated rule that was put into place at the 2016 AGM.
Clubs may advertise their tryout dates and information, but may not open registration until May 15th.
KSYSA kindly asks, if you currently have registrations open for tryouts, that they are closed immediately and reopened on May 15th.
Maycee Bell was called to go to U17 Women's National Training Camp May 8-14 in California.
Huge Thank you to Scheels!
Scheels host Heartland Soccer's monthly referee meetings in the Steven D. Scheels Training Center located in their Overland Park store. Scheels donated gift cards as door prizes.
Winners of the $25 Scheels gift cards
Ambrose Stefan, Nick Stefan, Anabel Brigmann, Emma Grojean, Peter Dulany,
Omar Abdelmoity, Connor Stanley, Joshua Boxberger, Jackie McKay, Adam Royer,
40x50 yard grid with end zones as marked and a line of cones or gates.
8v8 directional game. Team in possession tries to penetrate the end zone with pass through one gate and receiving player runs through another.
Shape and balance of team to support underneath the ball. Timing of run into end zones-offside in effect. Quality and timing of the penetrating pass.
Straight= diagonal run.
Diagonal pass= straight run.
Combinations to penetrate 1-2, overlap, 3rd man run.
Heartland Soccer 2016 Referee Meetings Dates
Referees of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend Heartland's monthly referee meetings! Join us to learn tips and tricks for ARs and Referees, fun games, vital information, and fabulous prizes!
Parents are always welcome.
Monday, August 8th
Monday, September 12th
Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day)
Monday, November 14th (End of Year Party)
Mentors will meet 6pm-7pm
Monthly Referee Meeting from 7pm-8:30pm
Meetings will be held at the "Steve D. Scheels" Training Center in the northwest corner of the second floor of the Scheels store located at 6503 West 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223
A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS
101 Ladies Accessories
2 Women and an Oven
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Chick fil A
Corner Bakery Cafe
Damsel in Defense
Dick's Sporting Goods
Drs. Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel
FC Kansas City
Grey Grace Boutique
Harlan C Parker State Farm
Hayward's Pit BBQ
Huntington Learning Center
Jon Russell's Barbeque
KC Running Store
Kincaid Coach Lines
McCarthy Auto Group
Menorah Medical Center
Moneytalks Financial Foundation
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Overland Park Soccer Club
Pacific Dental Services
Premier Designs Jewelry
Research Medical Center
Rock and Brews
Rosati's of Overland Park
Scott the Electrican
Sporting Kansas City
Swope Park Rangers
The Storage Place
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts
Valley View Bank
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
You Oughta Be In Pictures
Young Living Essential Oils
|If you would like to nominate a player for the play of the month email Katie Falco Falcokatie@gmail.com
Division Winners - Spring 2016
Heartland Soccer will officially announce the Spring 2016 division winners after the games scheduled for the May 20-22 weekend. However, many teams have already done the math and figured out they are going to be their division's winners. And that has led to some questions. We hope this will answer most of those questions.
May 20-22 - last league games played
May 23 - all game cards must be received by noon; inputting of scores will be completed; any challenges of scores must take place before 3 pm
May 24 - division winners will be calculated
May 25 - division winners will be notified by email, emails will go to coaches and team administrators; Medals will be available for pick-up
June 19 and July 3 - Heartland Awards Events with Sporting Kansas City
Medals will be available starting May 25 for all players on division winning teams. The medals may be picked up at the Heartland Soccer Association office, 9161 West 133rd Street, Overland Park, KS. If your team is a division winner, please have one representative pickup the medals for the entire team.
Heartland Awards Events with Sporting Kansas City:
Sporting Kansas City will again host an awards ceremony at the 4 pm game on June 19 and the 6 pm game on July 3. All division winning teams attending the game will be recognized during a half-time parade at field level. A large block of tickets have been set aside for sale to Heartland division winners. After that block is sold, tickets will be standing room only. Other details for the events will be included in the congratulatory email sent to division winning teams.
Midwest Mother's Day Classic 2016
Heartland Soccer welcomed a record breaking 408 teams from seven states to the MMDC tournament over the May 6th-8th weekend. Games were played at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village.
During the MMDC players, parents, coaches, referees and spectators had the opportunity to participate in the MMDC Champions Wall photo contest. Participants took pictures in front of the Champions Wall and then posted them on social media.
Winners were selected each day and took home some great prizes that included Jon Russell's BBQ gift certificates and Rosati's Pizzeria gift cards.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Midwest Mother's Day Classic Tournament and the Champions Wall photo contest.
Winners of the Champions Wall photo Contest
From the Heartland League Director, Richard Davies
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Spring weather and having fun watching the kids playing and competing on the fields.
I'm sure that there is a lot of talk at the moment about next season's US Soccer mandates. Heartland Soccer Association will be adapting as well as the rest of the country. Change can be tough and I'm sure there are many concerns out there for coaches and parents. However we must remember that the changes are meant to be positive in the development of the game and players in the USA. I'm sure after one season they won't be changes anymore and will just be the norm.
We are currently working on field sizes, goals, rosters, team numbers etc. I'm sure it will be a learning curve for us as an organization, so we ask for your patience, knowing that we will do everything to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of our players.
One of the issues that will come up this year is the grade split in the 02 age group. That is the age group that will have 8th grade and freshmen players. We will be offering the U15 age group all year long, not combining the 14 and 15 groups. We will make some adjustments to the guest player limits so that the teams with missing players will be able to build their match day line ups with more younger players or players from teams in lower divisions.
Seeding will be interesting as for the most part, every team will be a new team. I'm sure it will take a couple of seasons before we get comfortable with the competitive levels of these new teams. We will need as much information as possible on team applications to aid us in the seeding process.
Enjoy the last couple of weeks of the season, here's hoping the rain out weekend will be quiet!!!
Gateway Sports Village
Holds Private VIP Sneak Peek
Chiefs Hall of Fame Safety Deron Cherry and his wife Hope hosted a VIP Sneak Peek of the new Gateway Sports Village late last month. The 14 field soccer complex is slated to open the first fields in Spring 2017.
Gateway Village Sports Complex is a planned mixed-use sporting complex with over 7 million sq feet of retail, hotel, dining, office, entertainment & residential. The complex will feature 14 all turf soccer fields making it the largest turf complex in the world. Heartland Soccer will program the complex in conjunction with Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village for league games and tournaments.
The May PJHRS shines on siblings, Keegan and Katie Cordova.
Keegan began reffing in the fall of 2014. He said, "I love being able to contribute to making a game a positive and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators." After working as an outdoor referee he decided to get certified as a futsal referee too. Keegan says, "I enjoy the speed of a good futsal game."
He is working towards upgrading and would like to become at least a grade 6, which will allow him to officiate national tournaments.
Keegan has played soccer for ten years and presently plays for Legacy Barcelona. In addition to reffing and playing soccer he runs varsity cross country and track. Keegan is the number three runner for cross country at his high school. He runs the 4x800 and his mid season pr is 2:06. He also runs indoor and national track.
Katie has been playing soccer since she was five years old. She currently plays for Legacy and Blaze.
Katie's love for soccer coupled with her older brother's positive experience working as a referee led her to become certified to referee.
When Katie is not reffing or playing soccer she keeps busy with dance. She enjoys tap, jazz, ballet and modern hip hop. In addition to dance, Katie participates in track. She competes in the high jump, long jump, 400 and 4x4. Katie is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
When recalling her first day as a referee Katie said, "I was working as an AR and got stung by a bee. I had an allergic reaction and panicked a little but the funny thing is that I know that nothing will be worse on the job than that first day."
Thank you to Keegan and Katie for your hard work and dedication.
The Weekend Soccer Dilemma
Every weekend at Heartland there are hundreds of matches played by thousands of players, watched by thousands more parents and fans, and officiated by hundreds of referees.
There are thousands of good plays and more than a few fouls. The "Weekend Soccer Dilemma" is how are we going to react to any specific play?
There are many people who work with the referees each weekend. Their dilemma is how to instruct the referees so they will deliver decisions that result in a safe, fair and enjoyable match. I call it a dilemma because it plays out like this.If the contact in question was done by your child, then it is a good play. If the contact in question was against your child, then it must have been a foul. If you call fouls the parents will say, "Come on Ref, let them play!" And, if you don't call fouls other parents will say, "Come on Ref, you are losing control of this match!"
What is a young referee supposed to do in the light of this dilemma? In the weekend soccer matches the parents can voice their opinions out loud and make it hard
for the referees (don't think it doesn't affect the players because it does). You don't see referees change their calls very often, but does the noise affect them?
When we teach referees, we have a standard that guides the teaching.
The standard is the Laws of the Game. Each referee has been through at least one course where they were tested on their understanding of these Laws. It doesn't mean they always remember what they were taught in class, but they know where to go and get the information to evaluate their performances. How many of you have read these Laws before you gave your opinions this past weekend?
Referees are like players. As they get more experience they develop a better insight into the nuances of the game of soccer. The way we are making better referees is to work with them when they come back next week and build on what they learned last week. We all have a role in this program and we all benefit when the new referees stick around and become experienced referees.
Next week, think about the dilemma and what you can do to address it. Thank you to the thousands of you who help. Now, if you will concentrate on the few who don't we will concentrate on the eeferees who want to learn.
Please see following changes to the KSYSA Rules:
Definition added to the rules
-- means contact which is made with specifically-targeted registered individual players (or their parents or guardians) or specifically-targeted registered Teams (as opposed to the public generally or soccer players (including competitive soccer players) generally which contact attempts to cause the targeted specific players (or their parents or guardians) or Teams to leave their current affiliation for the current seasonal year or the following seasonal year. For purposes of this definition and Rule 3.13.5, contact is not limited to personal contact, but will include contact by phone, text, e-mails and social media messages. Targeted Recruiting specifically excludes (i) contact during the free agency period and (ii) advertising, marketing, information sessions and promotion made to the public generally or to soccer players (including competitive soccer players) generally and contact which results from responses thereto.
3.13.4 Clubs and teams may advertise tryouts and recruit players providing all information is factual. Inaccurate advertising or purveying of information shall result in a three (3) game suspension for each team on whose behalf the advertisement was made.
3.13.4 Clubs, Teams and coaches may market, promote, and advertise generally (including advertisements of tryouts) and provide information about themselves (including through information sessions and other public events), in any manner or medium, so long as: (1) no inaccurate advertising or information is used and (2) such Clubs, Teams or coaches do not violate Rule 3.13.5.
Added Rule 3.13.5
3.13.5 Targeted Recruiting is strictly prohibited except as expressly permitted in this Rule 3.13.5. Individuals, Teams or Clubs who engage in Targeted Recruiting in violation of this Rule 3.13.5 are subject to penalties as described in Rule 5.5.3. For clarity, it would constitute Targeted Recruiting for a coach who moves from one Club to another Club during a seasonal year, or at the end of a seasonal year, if the coach (or anyone acting on the coach's behalf) attempts, prior to the start of the free agency period, to induce a registered player (or their parent or guardian) of any Team, or registered Team as a whole, to leave their current affiliation during the current seasonal year or for the following seasonal year.
If any Responsible Representative is contacted, prior to the start of the free agency period, by a player, parent (or guardian) of a player, or Team as a whole inquiring about switching affiliations during a seasonal year or for the following seasonal year, such Responsible Representative may provide information relating to the Club's or Team's tryouts and general information about the Club or Team. A player may attend training sessions or practices of a Team or Club (or their coaches or other affiliates) only if the attendance was initiated by the player or their parent (or guardian) (including by response to an advertisement, information session or marketing material that is not provided in a manner that would otherwise constitute Targeted Recruiting) and the player has written permission from their current coach. Responsible Representatives are those individuals acting on behalf of, and with authority from, a Club or Team and may include parents (or guardians) of players, trainers, Team managers, coaches or other representatives.
Contact by Clubs with players on independent Teams (i.e. Teams which are not part of a Club) that would otherwise constitute Targeted Recruiting is permitted (and will not be deemed Targeted Recruiting) if the contact is approved (prior to the contact) by the coach of such independent Team or by the State Office.
Contact by Clubs with players on other Clubs that would otherwise constitute Targeted Recruiting is permitted (and will not be deemed Targeted Recruiting) if the contact is approved (prior to the contact) by the Club at which the player is rostered at the time of the contact or by the State Office.
Any Club, Team, coach or player may request a determination in writing (which may be by e-mail) by the State Office as to whether a proposed contact with a player or Team would constitute Targeted Recruiting in violation of this Rule 3.13.5 prior to such contact, and shall be entitled to rely (as to the specific instances of proposed contact described) on any such written determination by the State Office that the proposed contact does not violate this Rule 3.13.5. The Board of Directors may always subsequently clarify that any such contact does or does not constitute Targeted Recruiting (such clarification to be applicable to contact occurring after the date of publication of the clarification by the Board of Directors).
5.5.3. Targeted Recruiting is considered a serious offense by KSYSA, and any Club, Team or individual found to have committed Targeted Recruiting in violation of Rule 3.13.5 is subject to the following serious penalties:
1st offense Six (6) month suspension.
2nd offense Twelve (12) month suspension & $1,000 fine.
3rd offense Thirty Six (36) month suspension & $2,500 fine.
Too Much Water? For Young Athletes It Can Be a Risk.
It's something you hear at every sports practice and sporting event: drink lots of water. Now that temperatures are rising, our instinct is to encourage kids to drink, drink, drink.
Young athletes are more likely to lose water through sweat. So if you start out dehydrated, you won't get a good workout. Young athletes can get dizzy, lethargic and their muscles won't work as well which can lead to muscle cramps sooner.
Water helps a body to exercise efficiently and a well-hydrated athlete feels stronger and can work out longer and more effectively. The heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood to the body, and oxygen and nutrients can be transported more efficiently to the muscles working during exercise. This means a young athlete will have more energy, and the same exercises you struggled with when dehydrated will seem much easier.
While it's healthy to quench your thirst and replenish lost fluids, too much of anything can be a bad thing. In this case, over-hydrating can put a person at risk of hyponatremia, usually found in endurance athletes. This is where sodium in the body is too low from excessive sodium loss in sweat or urine or it is diluted by taking in too much free water without any electrolytes.
Hyponatremia can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, muscle cramps, and in severe cases coma, seizures and death. These are difficult as they can also mimic signs of dehydration. We recommend that parents and coaches monitor fluid intake to determine if the symptoms are being caused by excessive fluid intake or very limited intake.
To walk the line between dehydration and over hydration, it's best to listen to your body. Don't force yourself to drink excessively but don't be afraid to drink if you feel thirsty.
How much water do you need? We recommend taking water breaks every 15 minutes in the heat and one sports drink per hour of exercise is also recommended to replace electrolyte losses.
Consult your primary care physician for more serious injuries that do not respond to basic first aid. As an added resource, the staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center is available to diagnose and treat sports-related injuries for young athletes. To make an appointment, call (913) 541-3365. For more information about the Sports Medicine Program at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit
Betsy Kellerman, ATC/LAT, is the manager of the sports medicine and concussion programs at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Kellerman attended the University of Wyoming, where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training. She also received her Master's Degree in Sports Management from Nova Southeastern University. Previously, Kellerman managed the University of Wyoming Sports Medicine Department and has worked with all different levels of athletes from Division I College Athletes to youth athletes. Her passion lies with educating parents, coaches and the community on mild traumatic brain injuries, as well as athletic injuries and offering the resources needed to heal.